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dead letternoun

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  • dead letter noun (MAIL)

[C] a ​letter that cannot be delivered to the ​address written on it and cannot be ​returned to the ​person who ​sent it: the dead-letter ​office
  • dead letter noun (LAW/AGREEMENT)

[C usually singular] a ​law or ​agreement that is no ​longereffective: The ​ceasefiretreaty was a ​deadletter as ​soon as it was ​signed, as neither ​sideever had any ​intention of ​keeping to it.
(Definition of dead letter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dead letter”
in Chinese (Simplified) 信件, 死信…
in Chinese (Traditional) 信件, 死信,無法投遞的信件…
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